The role of mainstream micro finance providers is to give access by poor
people to financial services. Many of these providers have specific
targets for particularly marginalised groups of people. Relatively few
have included poor disabled people as one of their target groups.
Our experience demonstrates that disabled people, like any other poor
people can benefit from micro financial services. Too often attitudinal
and environmental barriers exclude them. Awareness raising and
sensitization at all levels of micro finance organisations has been
helpful in changing prevailing attitudes and often ignorance with regard
to disability and so has helped to break down these barriers.
The inclusion of disabled people in mainstream micro financeprogrammes, presented at Staying Poor: Chronic Poverty and Development Policy, Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, 7-9 April 2003. Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), Manchester, UK, 18 pp.